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What to know: Teenage Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother Toby, who will not stop crying.
Recommended age 8-12
101 minutes
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I love how creative it is! It is the story of Sara (Jennifer Connelly), who is sick of having to watch her infant step-brother, Toby. She wishes that the goblin king would come and take him away and unbelievably her wish comes true. The Goblin King, Jareth (David Bowie) arrives at her house and tells her she has thirteen hours to get Toby back, but she has to go through a massive labyrinth. If she fails to do so, Jareth will keep Toby forever and turn him into a goblin. Sara regrets her wish. So she decides she must go through the labyrinth. Throughout her journey she meets many friends and near death experiences. She also learns not to take things for granted. I really like how the movie is creative. I think having puppets as main characters is really cool. Jim Henson, the creator of Kermit the Frog, wrote, directed and did the puppetry. I also like the setting a lot. It goes with the story line and makes the movie feel mystical. The set has so many cool ideas. When Sara first comes into the labyrinth, a worm tells her to go through the wall and take a chance. It looks like there is no way to get through, but when she decides to go through she finds that there are more ways for her to go. The best part of the movie is the music by David Bowie. It is cool to use a famous rock star and rock music to create a different mood in the film. The story line could be more creative because the concept is too close to Alice in Wonderland. Jennifer Connelly's acting is a little weak. She only uses one facial expression the whole time. She doesn't show much range to her emotion. I give Labyrinth 4 out of 5 stars and feel that it is better for kids who are eight and over because the puppets can be a little scary for little kids. Labyrinth was originally released in 1986 and it will be playing all month on HDNet Movies kidScene! Hunter Willow, age 11, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
Released by HDNet kidScene in July 2012.
Teenage Sarah is left to babysit her baby brother Toby, who will not stop crying. Sarah tries to put him to sleep by reading him a story. When she accidentally conjures up the Goblin King from the fantasy, he steals the baby and takes him to his castle, in the middle of a labyrinth. Now Sarah must solve the labyrinth by midnight, or Toby will be turned into a goblin.
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